Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski welcomed to Washington the Third Congressional District’s winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Recent Oak Lawn Community High School graduate Brian Pfister had his artwork unveiled at the U.S. Capitol, where it will be on display for the next year alongside the winning pieces from the other congressional districts in the country. The winning artwork is a digital photograph entitled “Salute,” which was taken by Brian at an Air Force ceremony involving his brother.
“Brian’s artwork is a striking black and white photo with precise lines demonstrating military order,” Rep. Lipinski said. “Every time I walk by this image I am reminded of the reason we are here; the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in the military. Beyond Brian’s work, I was genuinely impressed with all the artwork that was entered into this year’s competition, and I look forward to seeing what our district’s young artists will come up with for next year.”
Congressman Lipinski has also announced the runners-up in the Congressional Art Competition. They are: Megan Pripusich, of Oak Lawn Community High School, who will have her artwork displayed for one year in the congressman’s D.C. office; Melissa Rangel, of Lane Tech, who will have her art displayed in the congressman’s Chicago district office; Kailyn Slater, of Carl Sandburg High School, who will have her piece displayed in the Orland Park district office; Emma Hirt of Lyons Township High School, who will have her art displayed in the Oak Lawn district office; and Larissa Barnat, of Reavis High School, who will have her artwork displayed in the Lockport district office.
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.